MORPC Recognizes Public Service Members, Looks Ahead to 2021
As we come to the end of a unique and challenging year, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and its staff are grateful for the continued commitment of its member communities and regional organizations – including the public service professionals with whom we work closely.
With 75 members and more than 150 representatives to the commission, MORPC regularly collaborates with the best of the best in the public service industry.
During the December commission meeting, MORPC Chair Karen Angelou, a Gahanna City Council member, honored some of Central Ohio’s outgoing public service professionals with whom the agency has worked most closely. They include:
MORPC values the region’s dedicated professionals and all of its member communities – rural, suburban, and urban. In 2020, the agency proudly welcomed Fairfield County, the City of Circleville, the City of Chillicothe, and the villages of Gambier, Granville and Hebron as members.
Additionally, MORPC will have 100% member retention going into 2021, which strengthens not only the agency’s impact, but also the collaboration among communities across Central Ohio.
Throughout the year, MORPC staff members have worked hard to ensure that the agency’s member services remained valuable. Quickly responding to the global pandemic, MORPC joined local partners to address the health and economic crises with new information, shared best practices, and critical updates. The agency also reaffirmed its commitment to work to eliminate racism and discrimination as, together, we face the disparities made even more urgent by COVID-19 as well as protests about injustice around the region.
Being an indispensable resource to local decision makers will remain a top priority of the agency in 2021 and beyond. Through creative partnerships, wide collaboration and access to technical expertise, MORPC works to improve Central Ohio’s prosperity, environment, and quality of life for all residents.
MORPC is already well prepared heading into next year – a year that will include updates to the agency’s Public Policy Agenda, Regional Sustainability Agenda, and Regional Data Agenda. Other items to watch for over the year include:
- Active Transportation Plan
- Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan
- Columbus Region Economic Development District
- Central Ohio Greenways Environmental Impact Study
- National SolSmart Designation
- 208 Water Resources Planning expansion to additional counties